The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges in a number of areas related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The pandemic is more than just a global health crisis that affects SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, its impact is far-reaching.
Because of this, we now have the opportunity to rebuild a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable future, post-pandemic. To accomplish this, we urgently need to work in solidarity to advance the SDGs. Please join us on June 18th from 2pm to 3pm EDT to discuss how we can work together to leverage our strengths and foster a better future for people and communities.
Director of Sustainability, Fleming College
As the Director of Sustainability at Fleming College, Trish O’Connor oversees sustainability at Fleming College, including campus sustainability, sustainability curriculum (AASHE Centre for Sustainability across the Curriculum), planning, reporting, community partnerships and program development. Prior to Fleming, Trish worked for the Ontario government, in environmental and municipal planning, environmental assessment, training and organizational development. Trish’s 17 years of academic leadership experience includes strategic planning, organizational development, continuous improvement, academic operations and teaching. At Fleming, Trish has led the development of two multi-year sustainability plans and three STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) reports, with Fleming recently achieving a STARS Gold. Trish was involved in the development of a Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainability Education for the Kawartha region, a designation awarded by the United Nations University.
Trish holds a Master of Adult Education with a focus community development and sustainability in higher education, a Bachelor of Education, a joint Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies andeconomics, and a Lean Black Belt certification.
Program Specialist, Ocean Bridge Program, Ocean Wise
Cyrielle Noël is a spatial planner, with expertise in marine and coastal environments. Being born and raised on the river island of Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal), Cyrielle is described as a thalassophile who believes that spatial challenges can be mediation through careful observation and understanding of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment.
Cyrielle studied International Development at McGill University. Her research was focused on sustainable development and climate change issues particularly relevant to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). As a recipient of a full Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, she graduated with merit from Radboud University with a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and from Cardiff University with a Master of Science in European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy. In her thesis, she explored the scope for closer integration between marine spatial planning and coastal zone management practices within the context of promoting sustainable development.
Cyrielle moonlights as a social entrepreneur and utilizes this vocation to explore solutions to global wicked problems. She recently founded Eau-Dacité: which initiates projects, programs, and events related to ocean literacy and waterway conservation. In her free time, Cyrielle enjoys connecting to nature by recreating outdoors. She enjoys snowboarding, caving, and fishing.
Director, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Unit, Government of Canada
Olivier joined the SDG Unit from the Canada School of Public Service, where he was the Director of Policy in the Innovation and Policy Services Branch. Most recently, he completed a 10-week micro-mission at Public Health Agency of Canada supporting the COVID-19 Taskforce. Olivier has spent the better part of his career working in the diplomatic service at Global Affairs Canada, and has held various assignments in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. He is an avid traveller, having visited more than 70 countries around the world. Olivier is a policy expert and economist who strongly believes that the SDGs help build a better world.